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Prakash Javadekar interacts with representatives of Digital News Publishers


Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar today held an interaction through Video Conference with representatives of Digital News Publishers Association (DNPA) in the backdrop of the IT (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021. 

Representatives from India Today, Dainik Bhaskar, Hindustan Times, Indian Express, Times of India, ABP, Eenadu, Dainik Jagran and Lokmat took part in the interaction amongst others.

Addressing the participants, Mr Javadekar said that the new rules placed certain responsibilities on digital news publishers. These include adherence to the Code of Ethics such as the norms of journalistic conduct framed by the Press Council of India and the Programme Code under the Cable Television Network Act. Further to redress grievances of citizens the rules have provided for a three-tier grievance redressal mechanism of which the first and second-tier would be of the digital news publishers and self-regulatory bodies constituted by them. The digital news publishers would also be required to furnish some basic information to the Ministry in a simple form which is being finalised and periodically they would be required to place in the public domain the grievance redressal undertaken by them.  He stated that print media and TV channels have digital versions whose content is almost the same as that on the traditional platforms. However, there are contents that appear exclusively on the digital platform. Apart from these, there are several entities which are only on the digital platform. Accordingly, the rules seek to cover the news on Digital Media so as to bring them at par with the traditional media.

The participants while welcoming the new rules stated that TV and newsprint media have been following the laid down norms of the Cable Television Network Act and the Press Council Act for a very long time. Further for publishing the digital versions, the publishers do follow the existing norms of the traditional platforms. They felt that they should be treated differently than those news publishers who are only on the digital platform.

Mr Javadekar thanked the participants for expressing their views and stated that the Government will take note of the same and continue with this consultative process for overall growth of the media industry.

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Prakash Javadekar meets representatives of OTT platforms


Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar yesterday held an interaction with representatives of various OTT platforms including Alt Balaji, Hotstar, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Jio, Zee5, Viacom18, Shemaroo and MxPlayer.

Addressing the representatives of the industry, the Minister stated that the Government has done several rounds of consultation with the OTT players in the past and stressed the need for self-regulation.

Mr Javadekar stated that he had received representations from cinema and TV industries that while there were regulations for them, none existed for the OTT industry and therefore it was decided that the Government would come out with a progressive institutional mechanism for OTT players and develop a level playing field with the idea of self-regulation. The Minister appreciated that many OTT platforms had welcomed the rules.

Informing the industry representatives about the provisions of the rules, the Minister said it merely requires them to disclose information and that there is no requirement of registration of any kind with the Ministry. The Minister added that a form for this will be ready soon. Furthermore, the rules focus on the self-classification of content instead of any form of censorship. Further, OTT platforms are expected to develop an effective grievance redressal mechanism.

Putting a rest to rumours, the Minister clarified that in the self-regulating body, no member will be appointed by the Government.

Speaking on the power of the Government, under the rules, Mr Javadekar informed that the Government will create Inter-Departmental Committee to look at complaints that remain unresolved at the self-regulatory level.

While concluding the Minister stated that the Ministry is open to any clarification or queries from the industry.

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Cinema halls can operate at 100 per cent capacity: Prakash Javadekar


Union Minister Prakash Javadekar announced today that now Cinema halls can operate with full capacity.

He released a standard operating procedure on preventive measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 for cinema halls and theatres.

Announcing the decision, the Minister further stated that sanitisation and COVID protocols will have to be adhered to but people can buy food from the stalls inside the theatres. He said that the restrictions put in place due to COVID are on the verge of ending.

The SOP comes in the backdrop of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India permitting the opening of cinema halls and theatres vide their order dated 27th January 2021.

The SOP clarifies that all COVID related safety measures must be adhered to inside the premises.

#Cinemas #COVID19 #PrakashJavadekar

International Blue Flag hoisted at 8 beaches across India


Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar today virtually hoisted the international blue flags in 8 beaches across the country.

India secured the International Blue Flag Certification for these beaches on 6th October 2020, when an International Jury comprising of member organizations UNEP, UNWTO, UNESCO, IUCN, ILS, FEE etc. announced the award at Copenhagen, Denmark. Blue Flag certification is a globally recognised eco-label accorded by "Foundation for Environment Education in Denmark" based on 33 stringent criteria.

While congratulating and lauding the efforts of the State and central government as well as the people, Mr Javadekar said that neat and clean beaches are an indicator that the coastal environment is in good health and the Blue Flag certification is a global recognition of India's conservation and sustainable development efforts.

The Environment Minister further informed that hundred more such beaches will be made Blue Flag in coming 3-4 years and highlighted that cleaning beaches needs to be a made a "Jan Andolan" not only for its aesthetic value and tourism prospects but more importantly towards reducing the menace of marine litter and making coastal environment sustainable.

The beaches where the International Blue Flags were hoisted are Kappad (Kerala), Shivrajpur (Gujarat), Ghoghla (Diu), Kasarkod and Padubidri (Karnataka), Rushikonda (Andhra Pradesh), Golden (Odisha) and Radhanagar (Andaman and Nicobar Islands). The Flags were also simultaneously hoisted on these beaches physically by state ministers and senior officials of the respective state and Union territories.

India started its journey of sustainable development of coastal regions on World Environment Day in June’ 2018 by launching its beach cleaning campaign – I-AM- SAVING-MY-BEACH simultaneously at 13 coastal states and thereafter implementing ministry’s coveted program BEAMS(Beach Environment & Aesthetics Management Services).

Today, the introduction of BEAMS program in 10 coastal states have resulted into the international level of cleanliness at beaches with over 500 tonnes of solid waste collected, recycled and scientifically disposed at these beaches reducing the menace of marine litter by over 78 per cent and marine plastic by over 83 per cent. Approximately 11000 KL of water was saved by recycling and reuse with BEAMS program, which has resulted into an increase in footfall at these beaches by over 85 per cent cumulative.

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60 per cent rise in Leopard population across India


Releasing the Status of Leopards report in New Delhi, Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar has said that increase in Tiger, Lion and Leopards numbers over the last few years is a testimony to the conservation efforts and of the fledgeling wildlife and biodiversity of the country.

According to the Status released yesterday, India now has 12,852 leopards as compared to the previous estimate of 7,910 conducted in 2014. More than 60 per cent increase in population has been recorded. The States of Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra recorded the highest leopard estimates at 3,421, 1,783 and 1,690 respectively.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Javadekar remarked that monitoring of the tiger in India has clearly shown its umbrella role in the ecosystem, which has shed light on other charismatic species like the Leopard.

India's world record tiger survey also estimated the population of leopards and the tiger range was found to be home to 12,852 (12,172-13,535) leopards. They occur in prey rich protected areas as well as multi-use forests. A total of 5,240 adult individual leopards were identified in a total of 51,337 leopard photographs using pattern recognition software. The statistical analysis estimates the leopard population at - 12,800 leopards within the tiger's range.

The leopard was estimated across forested habitats in tiger range areas of the country but other leopard occupied areas such as non-forested habitats (coffee and tea plantations and other land uses from where leopards are known to occur), higher elevations in the Himalayas, arid landscapes and the majority of North East landscape were not sampled and, therefore, the population estimation should be considered as a minimum number of leopards in each of the landscapes.

Tiger has not only served as an umbrella species but even its monitoring has helped evaluate the status of other species, like the leopard. The National Tiger Conservation Authority-Wildlife Institute of India (NTCA-WII) shall be reporting on several other species soon.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, today expressed happiness over the increasing population of Leopards in our country and congratulated all those who are working towards animal conservation.

In a tweet, the Prime Minister said, "Great news! 

After lions and tigers, the leopard population increases. 

Congratulations to all those who are working towards animal conservation. We have to keep up these efforts and ensure our animals live in safe habitats." 

#Leopard #PrakashJavadekar

Prakash Javadekar extends wishes on National Bird Day


The Nation is celebrating the National Bird Day today on the occasion of birth anniversary of renowned ornithologist Dr Salim Ali.

Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar has paid tributes to Dr Salim Ali and extended his wishes on the occasion of National Bird Day.

"Wishes to all on the occasion of National Bird Day. This day is celebrated on the occasion of birth anniversary of Indian ornithologist, wildlife conservationist and naturalist Dr Salim Ali. He surveyed bird all over India and wrote many deeply-researched articles on them."

Dr Ali is also famously known as the "Birdman of India".

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Declaration of private sector on Climate Change a historic step: Prakash Javadekar

Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Prakash Javadekar today stated that India is among the few countries which is 2 degrees compliant and has taken many decisive actions, in fighting Climate Change, not only at the government level but even at the private level, which shows our commitment and resolve.

Mr Javadekar said India is on the way forward towards achieving its commitments done at the Paris agreement and the country is acting on its Nationally Determined Contributions(NDC's).

India is a signatory to the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. As part of its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), India has three quantitative climate change goals, namely:

  1. Reduction in the emissions intensity of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 33 to 35 percent by 2030 from 2005 level, 
  2. Achieving about 40 percent cumulative electric power installed capacity from non-fossil fuel based energy resources by 2030,
  3. Creating an additional carbon sink of 2.5 to 3 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent through additional forest and tree cover by 2030.

Releasing a Declaration on Climate Change signed by 24 key industry captains and Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change at the virtual India CEO forum on Climate Change, Mr Javadekar said that this declaration by private sector companies, voluntarily, is a historic step.

“World says and preaches many things but to bring into practice is more difficult thing. I think today United Nations ecosystem and UNFCCC will take note of this initiative of India and its corporate world to adhere to and declare plans of their own carbon neutrality," Mr Javadekar said. 

Addressing the forum, Mr Javadekar suggested to the corporate world to propagate and report to the government what steps and initiatives they are taking towards decarbonisation and bring to the government's notice polluting activities on which action needs to be taken. 

"We have to be on the same page regarding our insistence on financial and technological support from the advanced economies, so that India can also catch up and march ahead," the Environment Minister said.

The event saw CEO's and various heads of key industries like TATA, Reliance, the Adani group, Mahindra, Sun pharma, Dr. Reddy’s etc. listing out various clean processes and initiatives they have taken and their agenda towards further decarbonisation post 2020. The corporate sector espoused confidence and expressed their support towards a coordinated response by the Government and private sector on climate change which will help protect the country’s interests and ensure that India is on track towards meeting its climate change obligations under the Paris Agreement.

#PrakashJavadekar #ClimateChange

Union Cabinet approves Jammu & Kashmir Panchayati Raj Act, 1989

Union Cabinet has approved the adaptation of the Jammu & Kashmir Panchayati Raj Act, 1989.  

This move will help establish all the three tiers of grass-root level democracy like in other parts of the country, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar stated today. 

He said that this will help the people of Jammu and Kashmir elect their representatives at the village, block and district levels. 

The minister stated that the process for local body elections would start soon. 

#JammuandKashmir #PrakashJavadekar

SAMEER - The Pollution Indicator

 Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate change Prakash Javadekar has appealed to the people to download Central Pollution Control Board - CPCB’s SAMEER App, which gives complete information about the polluted areas in various cities across the country. 

Mr Javadekar today held a live interaction on Facebook, speaking on the issue of air pollution and the steps being taken by the Central government to combat it. People interacted with the Union Minister by sending questions and suggestions. He said that the app identifies areas having heavy pollution with a red mark. 

During the interaction, Mr Javadekar stated that the Ministry of Environment through the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP), which takes a holistic approach towards reduction of Air Pollution, is being implemented across 122 cities in the country. NCAP targets to achieve 20 to 30 per cent reduction in PM10 and PM2.5 concentrations by 2024 across the country. 

The Union Minister said that the whole world is facing the issue of air pollution. Talking on the factors of Air pollution Shri Javadekar said that in India, the primary reasons for air pollution are vehicular emissions, industrial emissions, dust from construction and demolition sites, biomass burning, poor waste management and stubble burning. Pollution in northern India during winters gets exacerbated when these factors combine with geographical and meteorological factors. 

The minister informed the Facebook audience about various steps the Central government has implemented to combat air pollution effectively. The number of 'Good' air days has increased to 218 in 2020 against 106 in 2016, and the number of poor-quality air days decreased to 56 in 2020 against 156 in 2016 during January 1st to September 30th. 

Terming introduction of BS VI compliant vehicle standard since April 2020 across the country as a revolutionary step towards the reduction of vehicular pollution the Minister explained that BSVI helped reduce pollution caused by vehicles. BSVI fuel reduces the NOx emission by 70 per cent in diesel cars, by 25 per cent in petrol-run cars and reduces particulate matter (PM) in vehicles by 80 per cent. 

Operationalization of Eastern and Western Peripheral Expressway has eased congestion by diverting traffic from Delhi. Union Minister urged all to minimise the use of personal vehicles, and use the metro and other public modes of transport. He also urged people to switch to cleaner modes of transport. Mr Javadekar said that Metro expansion has helped a lot to reduce congestion and pollution. Metro has expanded with more stations and coaches avoiding pollution from 5 lakh vehicles. 

The minister also highlighted the steps taken to reduce industrial emissions which include the closure of Badarpur and Sonipat Thermal Power Plants, conversion to zig-zag technologies in Brick Kilns, 2,800 industries switching to PNG fuel and ban on petcoke and furnace oil. 

#AirPollution #PrakashJavadekar

8 beaches emerge as India's ecological pride

It is a proud moment for India as 8 beaches of India, spread across five states and two union territories, have been awarded the "BLUE FLAG" by an International Jury comprising of eminent members like UNEP, UNWTO, FEE, IUCN.

This was announced through a tweet by Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar today. 

The beaches that have been awarded the "BLUE FLAG" are Shivrajpur (Dwarka-Gujarat), Ghoghla (Diu), Kasarkod and Padubidri (Karnataka), Kappad (Kerala), Rushikonda (AP), Golden (Puri-Odisha) and Radhanagar (A&N Islands), a government release issued today said. 

India has also been awarded a 3rd Prize by the International Jury under the "International Best Practices" for pollution control in coastal regions.

"It is an outstanding feat considering that no 'BLUE FLAG' nation has ever been awarded for 8 beaches in a single attempt," Mr Javadekar said in a tweet message. He further stated,  "this is also a global recognition of India's  conservation and sustainable development efforts".

"India is also the first country in Asia-Pacific region which has achieved this feat in just about 2 years' time," Mr Javadekar further stated in another tweet.

Japan, South Korea and UAE are the only other Asian nations who have been conferred with a couple of Blue Flag beaches, however, in a time frame of about 5 to 6 years, the release informed. 

India is now in the league of 50 "BLUE FLAG" countries.

India began its humble journey in 2018 for development of pilot beaches (one each in coastal states/UTs) and presented the first set of 8 beaches for the certification for the ensuing tourist season 2020.

SICOM, MoEFCC, in its pursuit of "Sustainable Development" of the coastal regions of India embarked upon a highly acclaimed and flagship program "BEAMS" (Beach Environment & Aesthetics Management Services) under its ICZM (Integrated Coastal Zone Management) project. This was aimed at striving for the coveted International eco-label "Blue flag", accorded by The Foundation of Environment Education, FEE Denmark.

The objective of the BEAMS program is to abate pollution in coastal waters and beaches, promote sustainable development of beach amenities/ facilities, protect and conserve coastal ecosystems and natural resources and encourage local authorities and stakeholders to strive and maintain high standards of cleanliness, hygiene, safety and security for beachgoers in accordance with coastal environment norms & regulations. This program promotes beach tourism and recreation in absolute harmony with nature; and is unique in that sense, the release said. 

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